Politics, culture and global representations

Fashion are finally starting to get cultural acceptance right. 

Fashion is an art form which allows individuals to express their personality, attitudes, opinions and their individual differences.

In today’s current political climate, we witness a rise of groups which punish instead of celebrate culture, however in fashion there has been an increasing amount of designs who combine attributes from a diverse range of cultures. Instead of demeaning and appropriating culture as it has previously been criticized for, this year NYFW celebrated culture in all its glory, showcasing the work of top global designers and their individual cultures.

Never before has there been so many global designers at a fashion week. This clearly sends a message of acceptance to all those who do not acknowledge difference, and it’s clear that the increasing input of global designers in fashion events is a step forward for fashion and cultural representations.

Celebrating a new dawn of incorporating culture into fashion and not crossing the dreaded fine line of appropriation, a rhetoric of acceptance is being established. Fighting all individuals who condemn culture has finally become part of major fashion runways. Clearly for this years’ NYFW diversity means unity.

Key Global Players:

Anniesa Hasibuan

Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan is inspired by her hometown Jakarta. Her designs combine silked hijabs with colourfully patterned tunics, suits, gowns and kimonos. This is the first time ever that each and every one of her models wore hijabs on the runway. One week after president Trump initiated the Muslim ban, clearly she proves that one can express an aspect of their culture in a fashionable, aesthetic and political fashion.


Hakan Akkaya

Hakan Akkaya, presented the burka in a new light, dressing both his male and female models in an athleisure style along with the burka’s. Fighting gender norms and revolutionizing international fashion.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway for Hakan Akkaya collection during, New York Fashion Week at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Hakan Akkaya)

Camille Hanotte

Cover Image: http://www.instyle.co.uk

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